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Thousands of visitors in town this week for Farm Machinery Show

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It is sold out for vendors -- but the price is right for the public.

The 48th annual Farm Machinery Show is underway at the Exposition Center.  Big machines, big crowds, and 300,000 people are expected to attend this year's show.

More than 800 exhibitors fill the more than one million square feet of floor space at the Expo Center.  Even with the big crowd, there is plenty of room for plenty of people.

"These are folks who are making decisions for the upcoming season," says Corinne Fetter, the director of expositions for the Kentucky State Fair Board. "They come here to see what the latest is in technology and to look at all the equipment and to comparison shop."

Mike Hankins from Illinois managers the exhibit for John Deer. "I've worked at this show for at least 25 years," says Hankins.  Some of his workers have been in town for two weeks preparing for the show.

It is not all work, they get a little time to have some fun and see the city.  "They have been to the museums," says Hankins, "some like to go antique shopping, and they like to see downtown, we go to some of the restaurants in the downtown area."

So the show is good for business in downtown.  "From an economic impact this is the largest trade show we have all year; it is about a $21 million impact for our economy," says Fetter.

Chuck Rieman is a farmer from Ohio at the show. He too likes to get out and see some of the local sights.  "We spend some of our time out at the casino to drink and gamble,"he says, "you have a good town to do that in."

The annual Farm Machinery Show is one of three shows produced by the state fair board each year.  It brings in the most money for the board. Farmers and dealers come from all over the country.

"I would say a majority come from the Midwest," explains Fetter, "probably from a 250 mile radius of here, but we also have people from coast to coast and even some international exhibitors; in four days we will taken in close to $7 million."

The show runs through Saturday. While it is free, there is a cost to get into the nightly tractor pull.

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